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Program Description

Massage Therapy provides comprehensive training in anatomy, physiology and Swedish massage and incorporates courses in hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, Florida massage law, ethical procedures and business practices.

Massage Therapy is a 624 hour, six-month program of study. The Massage Therapy program of study can be completed either in six-months, 27.50 hours per week, which is full time, or can be completed in eight months, by completing 22 hours a week, which is three quarter time.

Program Objectives

To motivate the students to become qualified Massage Therapists, capable of passing the national certification examination offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) or the MBLEx  exam issued by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSTMB), which currently serve as Florida’s state exams. Upon passing the state exam and applying for a Florida massage license, the graduates may seek employment as entry-level Licensed Massage Therapists. The 624-hour program has more intensive in-depth training in additional areas, i.e. Aromatherapy, Neuromuscular, Reflexology, and more in-depth good business practice.

Most state-wide, and out of state schools, offer a 624 hour or more program, and the hours are expected to increase over the years.

The program of study at the Academy of Palm Beach is designed to prepare students to take either of the Florida state licensing examinations. This course offers an excellent foundation for the student to become a well-trained professional massage therapist and permits the student to further their education in the field of holistic health care.

The 624-hour program qualifies for Government Financial Aid, to those who qualify.

Florida Board of Massage, requires 24 hours of continuing education every two years to qualify to renew your Massage Therapy License. The Academy also offers continuing education courses approved by the Florida Board of Massage, and licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Department of Education, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. The Academy is a Continuing Education Provider for: National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB 038485-00) and education provider for Florida Board of Cosmetology (AHAMF-014).

Program of Study

  • HA-101 Human Anatomy (75 Hours)
  • HA-102 Human Physiology (75 Hours)
  • HA-103 Nature of Disease (Pathology) (36 Hours)
  • HA-104 Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS (3 Hours)
  • MA-101 Basic Massage Theory and History (100 Hours)
  • MA-102 Clinical Practicum (125 Hours)
  • HY-101 Hydrotherapy (15 hours)
  • LA-102 Florida Laws and Rules(10 Hours)
  • GB-101 Good Business Practice (15 Hours)
  • PR-101 Professional Ethics (4 Hours)
  • ME-101 Medical Errors (2 Hours)
  • AR-101 Aromatherapy (14 Hours)
  • OM-102 Introduction to Other Modalities (150 Hours)Total Program Hours: 624 Hours
    [399 Lecture Hours, 225 Clinical (lab) Hours]

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as revised by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), includes several disclosure and reporting requirements. All post-secondary schools that offer programs of study that lead to “gainful employment” must present to prospective students the following information:

  1. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (website) SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) code for the Massage Therapy course is  #31-9011.00 for the “gainful employment” program.
  2. The Massage Therapy CIP (Classification of Instructional Programs) code is 51.3501.
  3. On-time graduation rates for students finishing the Massage Therapy during the most recent reporting year (Feb 2015 report date) are 82%. Meaning that 82% of the students who finished the program during the last reportinh year graduated “on-time.” This is determined as sustaining at least 90% attendance during the program.
  4. The Academy is required to include graduation and employment rates each year to our accrediting commission. The information reported during the most current annual report (Feb 2015 report date) were 82% for graduation and 100% for employment. Meaning that 82% of the students enrolling in the Massage Therapy Program successfully finished all graduation requirements inside 150% of the normal time to finish. The employment rate indicates that 100% of the graduates achieved employment inside the massage industry within a few months of graduating.
  5. The debt for the median Title IV loan during the 13/14 award year was $5,907 for students graduating from the Massage Therapy Program. The school does not offer or participate in any private student loan programs.

Further information on Academy disclosures and policies can be found in theAcademy’s Catalog  and consumer handbook.

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